A man arrested in connection with a March 25 street racing crash in Stockton that killed a 65-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday in San Joaquin County Superior Court.
Felix Arreola, 45, was charged with one count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one count of hit and run resulting in death, according to a Stockton Police Department Facebook post.
Arreola has two prior "strike" convictions for serious felonies under California's "three strikes" law. The 2007 and 2014 convictions were for criminal threats, according to the news release.
Arreola had allegedly been driving a red sport-utility vehicle when the black truck he was racing against zoomed through a red light and smashed into a car driving through the North California Street-East Oak Street intersection. Arreola reportedly left his SUV behind and fled on foot while the truck driver sped away, police said.
Patrick Hosman, the driver of the car that was hit, succumbed to his injuries at an area hospital.
Arreola did not enter a plea Wednesday, and the arraignment was continued to April 11. His bail is set at $2.5 million, the news release said.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to call the Stockton Police Department at 209-937-8377, the Traffic Unit at 209-937-8354 or Crime Stoppers at 209-946-0600. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000, and callers to all can remain anonymous.
Cellphone users can text information to 274637 by entering the keyword “TIPSPD” followed by their tip, or access the Stockton Police Department’s app. The Police Department's Facebook page also has a “Submit a Tip” area.
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